Pole House / DIN Projects

Pole House / DIN Projects

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  • Architects: DIN Projects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  92
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Agway Metals Inc., Duxton Windows & Doors, Plasti-Fab
  • Design Team: Neil Minuk, Onalee Minuk, Kyle Janzen, Ryan Marques, Simon Statkewich
  • Country: Canada
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Pole House / DIN Projects - Windows, Forest
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Text description provided by the architects. The Pole House is a year round cottage designed for a couple and their son on a heavily wooded site in the Manitoba Interlake, two and a half hours North of Winnipeg. The cottage lot, obtained through the provincial cottage lot lottery system, has Lake Winnipeg frontage, although a provincial easement limits the cottage’s proximity to the water. 

Site Plan

The site’s geology is limestone bedrock covered by a shallow layer of overburden. The low profile of this landscape combined with the porous nature of the overburden results in an extremely high water table on the site. This condition necessitated a unique, dock-like crib structure to accommodate high water and freeze-thaw heave. The foundation is a steel pole (recycled gas pipe) grid that extends below the ground surface, and is drilled into the subterranean bedrock.

Pole House / DIN Projects - Windows, Forest
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To suit its dense forest context, Pole House is designed as a vertical wood platform structure that floats above the ground on thin steel pipe columns. The resulting tower typology enables views to the lake through the forest. Three economical floor plates are stacked, progressing from most public to most private. A stair winds around each floor plate contained within a simple rectangular form. 


The cottage interior is primarily left exposed, revealing its wood frame, studs and plywood sheathing. Materials and services are matter of fact and raw in their presentation and use. 

Pole House / DIN Projects - Windows, Beam
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A singular rigid foam insulation jacket strives for thermal efficiency, and internal ducting allows for air to be controlled and distributed vertically. A cast iron wood stove in the middle of the cottage is the primary heating source. Interior spaces are informal, meant for both hanging out and hiding away.

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Cite: "Pole House / DIN Projects" 03 Jan 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/802688/pole-house-din-projects> ISSN 0719-8884

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